Year 4 Newsletter – Term 1, Week 8

Dates for your Diary

Monday, 25th March Morris Gleitzman Parents’ Evening (7:00 PM)

Tuesday, 26th March Morris Gleitzman talks to classes

25th – 29th March Individual and class photos (Houses, SRC, EM)

Monday, 1st April Athletics Carnival (wear House uniform)

Wednesday, 3rd April Parent information session about Camp (8:15 AM – 9th Floor Staff Room)

Thursday, 4th April Deadline for Camp enrollment and permissions

Thursday, 4th April School finishes 12:00 / mufti day


In English we have continued our studies of the use of words.  This fortnight, we have focused on alliteration and there was much laughter with tongue twisters and reading the book Animalia, which is based on alliteration. This led on to the writing of alliterative phrases.

Reading aloud is one of the best ways for students to display their understanding of text.  This is apparent when there is a flow of language, natural cadence and phrasing, effective decoding of words – both known and unknown – and use of punctuation.  It leads on naturally to increased comprehension. At Year 4, students should still be encouraged to read orally on a regular basis.


Having spent some time measuring and using decimals in our ‘Lengthy Leaps’ unit of study, we are becoming experts at using rulers and tape measures.  We have looked at run-ups and results for long jump, which will tie in to our Athletics Carnival on 1st April. The understanding of decimals and related fractions, as well as converting measurements all tie into this area of study and have provided us with a great deal of real-life application of these mathematical skills.  


Mealworms have dominated out Science for the past few week, in our unit, ‘Live, Baby, Live!’,  it has been amazing to watch these small creatures change and it is certain that there will be a great deal more change before it is all over with.  Year 4 students are now experts in what does or does not help a mealworm to live and continue through its life cycle. Regular monitoring of the mealworms has included observation of colour and other attributes, reaction to light, measurement and eating habits.  This, along with findings of life cycles in general and scientific language, has contributed to depth of learning in biology.

Morris Gleitzman

As you will be aware, Morris Gleitzman, recently awarded the title of Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-2019, is going to visit our school on 25th (evening for parents) and 26th (Primary classes).  Mr. Gleitzman writes primarily for the 8 – 12 year-olds, having won any number of literary awards and has written such well-known books as: the ‘Toad’ series – Toad Away, Toad Heaven and Toad Rage, to name a few.  He also tackles deeper, more serious and more complex issues in Once, Now, Then, After and Soon. Although born in England, Mr. Gleitzman emigrated to Australia in 1969 and his stories often have a distinct Australian flavour.  We would encourage you to search out some clips on Youtube about Mr. Gleitzman and his work, and here is one quick link: 

Preparation for Athletics

We have been working hard during PE and Sport times to work on fitness and preparation for the different challenges that our students will be facing on Athletics Day – 1st April.  (And no, that is not an April Fool’s joke!) Students have practised and been timed on runs of 50m, 200m and 800m. They have tested upper body strength while throwing the vortex and practised their technique of high jump during PE lessons.  

Camp Update

As you will be aware, there has been much planning and preparation behind the scenes to be ready for our camp in May. We hope that many of you will be able to join us on 3rd April to hear more about Year 4 camp.  We know there are a number of great activities planned and the new venue sounds great! This session will start at 8:15am in the staff Common Room on the 9th floor. Your child’s personal code for the registration process will be found on the back page of their Homework Diary.  This is essential in the booking process.

Thank you for your time and insight during parent – teacher interviews in weeks 6 and 7.  It was great to have that time to get to know you and your children better. Please remember, we are available throughout the year should you have concerns or questions..You can contact us by email or appointment.


Suzanne Sinclair

Celestine Yeung

Susan Blumenthal

Mark Wnek